Mary Aprahamian

Mary Aprahamian

One of the modern student myths is that PhD students have no social life. On the contrary, everyone in the School of Mathematics is very friendly and we often hang out together.


How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?

The decision to apply for a PhD position was not a particularly difficult one for me. Since an early age I have been interested in mathematics, so pursuing my doctoral studies seemed very natural. It is well known that this University is one of the top research institutions in Europe and, perhaps, the fastest developing one in the country. However, what made the greatest impression on me was the motivational, yet very friendly and relaxed, working environment at the School of Mathematics.

What were your first impressions of the University and the city?

What struck me both about the University and the city was that they are very modern and cosmopolitan. Every minute here is buzzing with energy, nothing is ever dull.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

One of the most enjoyable parts of my PhD course so far has been attending conferences. It is always a great pleasure to meet mathematicians from across the country and the world, and to see what research is going on in other areas of mathematics.

What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?

I am on the committee of the Manchester SIAM Student Chapter. Each year we organise a series of seminars and one student conference. I have learnt organisational skills essential for anyone wishing to pursue a career in academia.

How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?

The University blends academic excellence with an exciting social life perfectly. I am very proud to be part of one of the most successful research groups in Numerical Linear Algebra in the world. I also enjoy living in a city with such a rich musical and cultural scene.

What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?

That PhD students have no social life is a myth. On the contrary, everyone in the School of Mathematics is very friendly and we often hang out together. Outside the School, Manchester offers essentially unlimited opportunities on how to spend your free time.

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